Pickpocket caught taking wallet out of purse

These two people are believed to have tried to steal the wallet of a woman walking on El Camino Real on Thursday. Palo Alto police photo.

By the Daily Post staff

The man and woman in this picture are suspected of trying to steal the wallet of a woman who was walking down El Camino Real in Palo Alto, police said.

A woman holding a clutch purse on a shoulder strap was walking south on the west side of El Camino in the 3900 block (between Happy Donuts and Los Robles Ave. in the block that includes the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park) at about 6:20 p.m. on Thursday, according to police.

She felt the flap on the clutch being opened and then the clutch becoming lighter, police report.

She immediately turned around and saw a woman holding her wallet that had been in the clutch. There was a man behind the woman. The victim hadn’t previously noticed them walking behind her.

The victim, who is in her 50s, immediately grabbed the female suspect’s wrist, causing the suspect to drop the wallet. The victim retrieved her wallet and told the pair she would be calling the police. The victim wasn’t injured.

The victim described the female suspect as white, between 35 and 50 years old, about 5 feet 4 with a medium build and a blonde ponytail. The victim said she didn’t know the man’s race but was heavyset, between 35 and 50 years old. He had slicked-back hair and was wearing a striped polo shirt.

Anyone with information about this incident can call police at (650) 329-2415. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.